Category: Harm reduction

Smoking down in Ukraine

Smoking down in Ukraine

| September 5, 2017

While there has been a 20 percent reduction over seven years in the incidence of smoking in Ukraine, there has been no significant reduction in smoking among women.

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SM acquires V2 Tobacco

SM acquires V2 Tobacco

| September 1, 2017

Lars Dahlgren, president and CEO of Swedish Match, says the newly-acquired, “vibrant and independent” V2 Tobacco business is a good fit with SM’s existing organization.

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SM expands in US

SM expands in US

| September 1, 2017

Part of a US facility expansion announced by Swedish Match will see the addition of a dedicated production area for ZYN, a smokeless and spitless tobacco-derived nicotine pouch.

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Poor dying too soon

Poor dying too soon

| September 1, 2017

Smoking is a contributing factor in the high level of avoidable deaths occurring in deprived areas of England and Wales; but it is not the cause: deprivation is.

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E-cigarettes are “fun”

E-cigarettes are “fun”

| September 1, 2017

Electronic cigarettes are fun and effective at getting people to quit smoking. So what’s not to like? Well, according to one observer, it’s the fun bit.

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Vaping provides no gateway

Vaping provides no gateway

| August 31, 2017

Regular electronic-cigarette use among never smokers is ‘very rare’, according to the findings of a major new study in the UK.

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Smoking costs unaffordable

Smoking costs unaffordable

| August 31, 2017

With a 20 percent adult tobacco-smoking rate only a 2030 aspiration, China will struggle to bear the economic and social cost of the habit, some observers believe.

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Management board changes

Management board changes

| August 31, 2017

The integration of British American Tobacco’s Next Generation Products unit into the main business is surely a sign that the company is serious about harm reduction.

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Lives versus livelihoods

Lives versus livelihoods

| August 30, 2017

Tobacco smoking costs lives, but the tobacco industry provides livelihoods, and for an especially-large number of people in India. So how do you weigh lives against livelihoods?

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A positive role for nicotine

A positive role for nicotine

| August 30, 2017

Scientists in the US are studying whether nicotine can provide a better, more tolerable option than is currently available for treating the ‘tricky’ lung disease sarcoidosis.

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Scramble for HNB sticks

Scramble for HNB sticks

| August 30, 2017

It is ironic that the South Korea government is proposing to push the price of heat-not-burn sticks higher than that of traditional cigarettes because it needs additional revenue to pay for its health program.

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No harm-reduction urgency

No harm-reduction urgency

| August 30, 2017

The EU Commission talks at great length about the harm caused by tobacco smoking, but seems to have no sense of urgency when it comes to reducing that harm.

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Risk continuum quantified

Risk continuum quantified

| August 29, 2017

The relative cancer risks associated with nicotine delivery systems are, according to one study at least, largely in line with what common sense would indicate they would be.

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No urgency to health plans

No urgency to health plans

| August 29, 2017

The government of Bangladesh seems to have been in no hurry to use the revenue from a tobacco surcharge to deliver a tobacco control policy.

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Smoke-free future possible

Smoke-free future possible

| August 25, 2017

Reducing the harm caused by smoking requires a multi-faceted strategy, and one of the most important arms of that strategy involves conveying accurate information to smokers.

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Trying to quit in Scotland

Trying to quit in Scotland

| August 25, 2017

Doctors, nurses and therapists in acute hospitals in Glasgow, Scotland, are routinely identifying patients and their families who are “at risk of poverty”.

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Judge IQOS on science

Judge IQOS on science

| August 24, 2017

A call for the US Food and Drug Administration to replicate the IQOS science submitted to the agency would be unreasonable only if it caused delays in getting this product to market.

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HNB tax hike closer

HNB tax hike closer

| August 24, 2017

Raising by more than 370 percent the excise tax on heat-not-burn sticks would be unreasonable only if the South Korean government’s goal was harm reduction.

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End-game restarted

End-game restarted

| August 24, 2017

A proposal to ban in Tasmania, Australia, the sale of cigarettes to people born after 2000 would be unreasonable only if young adults were not offered a replacement.

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HNB tax increase coming

HNB tax increase coming

| August 23, 2017

In a straight fight between tax increases and harm reduction, the former is always going to win the day; as South Korea seems set to demonstrate.

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